Give a rundown of your strategy for Week 2 of the preseason.
Justin Howe: I'm all over the Packers, who will likely ask solid backup Brett Hundley to quarterback most of the game as they look to boost his trade value. Hundley played great in Week 1, and his receivers will benefit greatly from catching from him; many teams will rotate several camp quarterbacks who lack NFL talent. The Packers are seriously evaluating seven ultra-green wideouts, but two stood out in terms of Week 1 playing time. Rookie DeAngelo Yancey played 31 snaps, while practice-squad type Max McCaffrey saw 28. Each caught three passes with a successful long-ball. McCaffrey's seven targets were a great boon for DFS players who rolled the dice. The outlook for the Packers receivers will be even less crowded if Malachi Dupre, who sustained a scary neck injury last week, sits as I expect.
The Patriots should also be relatively predictable Saturday. Nearly all their veteran starters and second-unit guys sat entirely in Week 1, and the fighting-for-a-job reserves saw heavy spin. Dion Lewis played 24 snaps - most of the first half - as Bill Belichick sought to evaluate his stamina. He and Brandon Bolden ultimately dominated the backfield, and both will be squarely in my Week 2 portfolio. Like the Packers, they'll also be running out coveted backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a massive snap count. (Why he's coveted, I'll never understand, but here we are.) The checkdown artist should be looking for Lewis quite a bit, as well as rookie tight end Jacob Hollister, who caught 7 passes for 116 yards last week.
Chris Feery: For general strategy, I’m zeroing in on players who will play the most snaps. That’s awfully challenging in the preseason, but excellent clues live in our preseason reports. Take a gander at those reports with these questions in mind:
- What rookies have created enough buzz to seriously warrant consideration for regular playing time?
- Any undrafted free agents turning heads at camp?
- Which veterans are not guaranteed a roster spot?